Parking

Location
Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Most of the parking can be a little out of the way (e.g. far away from dorms). Otherwise, the parking situation is quite average.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I did not have a car but it is possible and fairly easy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Expensive permits, hard to find parking if you don't get to campus early enough.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is crazy packed all the time and it is proof that you don't need to buy a car. It's better to just use the zipcars that are available.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are relatively fair-priced, at about $25/month if you buy monthly. However, parking fills up really fast. The police are also none too shy about handing out parking tickets, so you have to get your permit really fast. However, the Parking & Transportation Office gets overwhelmed really easy, so plan to wait in line whenever you buy a permit. Also, never order permits online, even though they tell you so! This just delays getting your permit even more because no one in the office ever processes them (because no one orders online).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 638th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1124th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1163rd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
Communications, Spanish
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Students are generally happy with the amount of available parking on campus. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars or get permits, which has alleviated the parking problem. There are lots around campus where parking is still an issue, especially in large dorms that house all upperclassmen. In the worst case, you will have to park a two- to five-minute walk away from your dorm during peak parking hours.

In general, having a car at Stanford will be fairly convenient. You can park right near your dorm during the day, and drive around and park at your friends’ dorms across campus later at night. At $130 for a permit, it’s pretty affordable. However, since incoming freshmen are not allowed to park on campus, they have a whole year before parking will be a problem for them.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Parking is available for students, but sometimes it gets difficult. Every place on campus has a certain type of permit. Usually, students buy a permit that fits the parking lot next to their dorm. After 6 p.m., almost all of the parking on campus is free and requires no permit.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Freshman are not allowed to have cars.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $242.50 per academic year for resident students
  • $622.50 per academic year for commuter students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Permit violation: $45
  • Illegally parking in a disabled space: $348
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are available to all undergrads except freshmen. Residents can purchase permits for the lot closest to their residence hall; commuters cannot get residence hall permits, but they have a lot more options in other campus lots.
Parking Services
Parking and Transporation Services
340 Bonair Siding
(650) 723-9362
transportation@stanford.edu
transportation.stanford.edu
Did You Know?
While many students have cars on campus, Stanford is mostly a biking campus. Sometimes it is more convenient to bike around campus than to drive. Parking is always crowded, and it is hard to find parking spaces.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 75 responses

  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 40% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

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  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

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